Plun­ket staff de­lighted with move

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

A new $800,000 Plun­ket cen­tre in Can­nons Creek is open for busi­ness and the staff are purring about their new sur­rounds.

The Lock­wood- style hub on War­spite Ave brings all the Plun­ket ser­vices to­gether un­der one roof, in­clud­ing nurses, car seat hire and B4 School checks.

Par­ent cour­ses and com­mu­nity meet­ings will also fea­ture.

Ev­ery­thing went to plan af­ter con­struc­tion be­gan late last year, says the project’s steer­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber Haidee Hem­s­ley.

‘‘Ev­ery­thing is here and peo­ple are lov­ing it, it will do ex­actly what it is built for and that is serve this com­mu­nity from one base.

‘‘It’s easy to get to and there have al­ready been plenty of peo­ple just walking in off the street,’’ she says.

The site was blessed by Ngati Toa on Fe­bru­ary 15.

The 18 staff from across the ser­vices now have one place to con­gre­gate, es­tab­lish­ing a closer bond among the team, Plun­ket area man­ager Tina Syme says.

It took 10 years of plan­ning, de­sign and fundrais­ing.

‘‘The staff love it, they have a feel­ing they be­long here.

‘‘Be­fore, they were scat­tered in dif­fer­ent spots and Viv [Mor­ton] and her team had a less-thanideal sit­u­a­tion with the car seat build­ing in Mun­gavin Ave.

‘‘ It just wasn’t suit­ing their needs and now they have all the room they need.

‘‘Some of them have been Plun­ket nurses for 20 years and they were in con­di­tions that did not meet the needs of their com­mu­nity.’’

Ms Syme says the build­ing is fu­ture­proofed to meet their bur­geon­ing IT needs, and there is scope for ex­pan­sion.

She says fund­ing providers Mana Com­mu­nity Grants Foun­da­tion, In­fin­ity and Tuohy Lock­wood have made it hap­pen, along with sup­port from Porirua Pak’n Save.

Ex­tra ad­di­tions such as a garden shed and play­ground will be built as more fund­ing be­comes avail­able.

Plun­ket is cel­e­brat­ing the new build­ing with a com­mu­nity open day this Satur­day, from noon till 3pm.

Toys, face- paint­ing and a sausage siz­zle from na­tional spon­sors BNZ will be part of the af­ter­noon.

Happy campers: The Porirua Plun­ket team in front of their new build­ing.

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